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2021 Montreat Youth Conference

June 6–August 7, 2021SummerYouth
A Montreat Conference Center program.
Week 1 June 6–12
Week 2 June 13–19
Week 3 July 11–17
Week 4 July 18–24
Week 5 July 25–31
Week 6 August 1–7

Youth conferees, we are planning to be together in the summer of 2021. The past year has reinforced our belief in the value of being together as the body of Christ! After a year apart, we are eagerly looking forward to welcoming youth to the Montreat valley once again. To say the least, the summer of 2021 will be different! Please read the information at the link carefully and come back later on as details continue to emerge! We will update you as plans develop via email and on the “Covid-19 and MYC” page.

A Montreat Youth Conference affirms youth in their calling to be and to shape the church of Jesus Christ.
Our desire is to help youth come to know and believe that they are the beloved of God and to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. We seek to be an inclusive space where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge is expected, and where all are embraced.

We have spent the last year, and more, in a season of disconnect through our challenges and circumstances. God calls us to be connected in all aspects of life. Through the stories of Mary and Martha, Jacob and Esau, Jeremiah, and many others, we are reminded that we are all inter-connected in God’s intentional actions. Join us as we explore the many ways that we can reconnect to live out God’s call.

Youth leave Montreat knowing that:

Their faith matters.
They are loved as they are.
They are part of a community of faith.

Worship & Keynote

Worship and keynote engage youth in the theme and challenge all in attendance to faith exploration and growth. Using scripture, Reformed theology, and song, youth are affirmed and united as children of God. During keynote, everyone gathers for group building, announcements, and song. During worship, youth hear the Word of God proclaimed in word, song, and action.

Small Group

Small group is a place where youth can share their journey of faith with peers through respectful conversations. Small group sessions are led by trained adult leaders who facilitate honest discussions about the themes presented in keynote and worship. It is an important time where youth can dive deeper into the conference theme, while forming bonds and making dear friends with youth outside of their congregation.

Recreation

We engage youth physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in events that build up the Christian community while having fun! We believe that people who can play together can pray together; people who can sing together can talk together; and people who can dance together can walk together.

Back Home Time

Back Home Groups are the people you come with to Montreat. Each evening groups gather together to connect through prayer and conversation. Our hope is that experiences in keynote, worship, small groups, and recreation will provide all the content youth need to have some meaningful conversations with their back home group. Materials are provided to help adult leaders debrief the amazing events and emotions of each day with their youth.


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Key Leadership

Youth Conference Weeks 1 & 2

Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman

Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman – Keynote Leader

I joyfully share my life with my partner, husband, and met-at-Montreat-love Blair and our two creative, wild children Hank and Ruthie. I have the privilege of serving Christ alongside the saints of First Presbyterian in Statesboro. My hobbies are sewing, chasing our flock of chickens, and staying up past bedtime to read. I am excited to be with you at Montreat!

Amos Disasa

Amos Disasa – Preacher

The Reverend Amos Jerman Disasa is the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Previously, he served as the Co-Pastor at Downtown Church in Columbia, S.C., a new PC(USA) church that chartered in 2014 with 230 members and has more than doubled in size since then. Amos is married to Sarah Disasa and has two children, Abraham and Shepherd.

De' Patton

De' Patton – Music Leader

De' Patton is joining us from Rock Hill, South Carolina where he is finishing his degree in Music Education from Winthrop University. He is currently serving as the Director of Music at a PC(USA) church. In his free time De' enjoys singing, playing the piano, learning new instruments, going to concerts, reading, camping, and playing with his labradoodle Ollie.

Chandler Guess

Chandler Guess – Recreation Leader

Chandler has a passion for recreation, mission, travel, and the arts! She has a long history with Montreat and has enjoyed her time as a youth conferee, Montreat Summer Staff and serving on various adult and youth conference planning teams. She spends her free time writing, painting/drawing, enjoying live music and spending time with her dog, Clyde.

Chelsea Anderson

Chelsea Anderson – Recreation Leader

I am from Morganton North Carolina and am a member of First Presbyterian Church in Morganton. I love to travel, swim, and play outside. This is my 10th summer of being at Montreat Youth Conferences!

Youth Conference Weeks 3 & 4

Julianne & Brad Clayton

Julianne & Brad Clayton – Keynote Leader

Brad and Julianne live in Tallahassee, FL with their two dogs Kaylee and Clyde, and their cat Kat Middleton. Brad is the Senior Minister at Faith Presbyterian Church and grew up attending Montreat each summer. Julianne has a background in youth ministry work, hosts a weekly podcast, and is studying for a M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership. In their spare time, they love watching The Office and The Great British Baking Show, taking trips to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams

Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams – Preacher

Rev. Damon P. Williams, Ph.D. is the supportive husband of the Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams and they are parents of two Sons, Master Thomas Christian Williams and Master Ethan Miles Williams. Dr. Williams considers his family his greatest accomplishment as he is a loving husband and father. Rev. Williams also loves his church family where he is honored to serve as the Senior Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta.

Paul Demer

Paul Demer – Music Leader

Paul Demer is a singer-songwriter, record producer, worship leader, and outreach musician. Paul connects with diverse audiences in living rooms, bars, churches, nursing homes, and hospitals in his hometown of Dallas, TX and across the country.

Omayra González-Méndez – Recreation Leader

Omayra L. Gonzalez Mendez is news editor, movie lover, super passionate about the church and a new mom. From media reports, pictures and videos, she takes every free minute to work in different organizations of the Presbyterian Church, both locally and internationally. As an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Hato Rey, she works in different committees and group. Understand that all parts of the church are equally important. So she can take a summer to sit and follow the committees of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, and fly the next day to lead recreation in a youth event. All matters of the church, processes and creation, fascinated her.

Youth Conference Weeks 5 & 6

Melanie Marsh-Baum

Melanie Marsh-Baum – Keynote Leader

Melanie Marsh Baum is an artist, a dancer and a creative spirit. She is also an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Melanie holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Florida State University, and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before going into Ministry, Melanie worked in the Performing Arts, Arts Education, and community activism in Central Florida and Southern California. She is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Jon Brown

Jon Brown – Keynote Leader

Jon is a Presbyterian minister, father, artist, friend and life-long spiritual nerd boy who now serves as pastor of a multicultural congregation in Jersey City. His work has included being Director of Mission Interpretation for the Presbyterian Church (USA), Program Director at Montreat, and worship coordinator for two Presbyterian Youth Trienniums. Jon is excited to be back at Montreat this summer and can’t wait to share Keynote with his good friend and colleague, Melanie!

Laura Becker

Laura Becker – Preacher

Laura is a child of God, wife, mom of two teenagers, pastor, and now-expert Zoom preacher with a passion for social justice who loves TV political dramas and Broadway musicals.

David Ealy

David Ealy – Music Leader

A crazy man with a crazy life who is met everyday by God's grace in a marvelous wife (Mandy) and two awesome daughters (Rachel and Natalie). Music and graphic arts are almost as important as chocolate to him.

Clark DeSarro-Raynal

Clark DeSarro-Raynal – Music Leader

Clark is a Presbyterian minister. He likes good stories and song, art glass, mountains, and current events. He is over the moon in love with his wife Donna (also a Presbyterian minister!) and their kids India, Elijah and Josiah!

Mich Phillips

Mich Phillips – Recreation Leader

Mich lives in the ever changing weather state of Kansas, smack dab in the mid-west. She is currently serving as the Director of Christian Education and Congregational Ministries at The Kirk on the other side of the Heartland in Missouri. Michelle or Mich as most call her, enjoys evening movies outside with her family and friends.

Kris 'Bubba' Brammer

Kris "Bubba" Brammer – Recreation Leader

Kris, also known as Bubba, lives in Lincoln, Nebraska where he serves as the church educator at First Presbyterian. Originally from the mountains of southwest Virginia, Kris has served churches for 25 years as an educator and youth director and been to many a youth conference. When not in the office, you can likely find Kris hanging out with his wife (also named Kris) and their dog Wrigley, and when time allows, standing in the middle of a river and waving a stick while looking for trout. Kris is excited to be back in Montreat to share God’s gift or play and recreation this summer.

Registration Info

If you are staying in William Black Lodge:

William Black Lodge (WBL) is not providing meals to their guests. You will need to make your own arrangements for meals. Montreat Conference Center is offering meal tickets for WBL guests during Youth Conferences. Please contact Hope Barker, the Youth Conference registrar, to book your meals.

We want you to be as informed as possible before you register! We've created a page with a lot of information pertaining to registration, conference participation, and cost. We highly encourage you to read it before filling out the registration form. It should answer a lot of your questions.

Scholarships

Limited scholarships are available for this conference.

Conference Fee

Please Note: the rate increase date has been changed from April 1 to April 19.
Before April 19
($100 deposit)
After April 19
(paid in full)
Conference Registration

  • Housing & meals not included.
  • Includes $5 community services fee
$280 $330

Housing Fee

Conference Center Housing
Weeks 1 & 6 Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Assembly Inn

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$679 $439 $359
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$559 $379 ---
Winsborough

  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Modest Housing
$529 $364 ---
Glen Rock Inn & Apartment

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Modest Housing
$559 $379 $319
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5 Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Assembly Inn

  • Private Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$775 $487 $391
Assembly Inn

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Limited Availability; goes quickly
$619 $409 ---
Winsborough

  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Modest Housing
$529 $364 ---
Glen Rock Inn & Apartment

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Modest Housing
$559 $379 $319
College Housing
Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Anderson Hall

  • Private Bathroom
$627.00 $494.70 $421.20
McGregor Hall

  • Shared Bathroom
$557.70 $375.00 $341.40
Private Housing

If you are staying in William Black Lodge:

William Black Lodge (WBL) is not providing meals to their guests. You will need to make your own arrangements for meals. Montreat Conference Center is offering meal tickets for WBL guests during Youth Conferences. Please contact Hope Barker, the Youth Conference registrar, to book your meals.

Make your own arrangements directly with a private cottage owner or rental agency. A small list of local houses and cottages can be found on our Other Housing page. A private cottager list can be acquired by contacting Hope Barker at hopeb@montreat.org.

Refunds & Cancellations

Please view the Youth Conference Registration FAQ for information regarding refunds and cancellations.

Participation

Conference Participant

The Montreat Youth Conferences are designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and their group leaders. Although you are required to have at least one fully registered adult (aka "Back Home Leader") in your group, we recommend one registered adult chaperone for every six youth that attend the conference. Adults must be housed with their youth.

This Year Only - For 2020 Seniors

Last year’s high school seniors missed participating in their final Youth Conference as high school students. To make up for this, we are offering a small group for the HS Class of 2020. The Small Group Leader for this will have skills to help explore the conference theme and at the same time help participants share the affects of the pandemic on their lives.

As a part of final registrations with MyMontreat, Back Home Leaders will find a 2020 Small Group designation to register last year’s seniors for this one time experience. (Or they may register for Work Crew instead.)

Jeremiah Project

Due to Covid-19, the Jeremiah Project has been canceled this year.

Collegiate Work Crew

We are looking for college students who want to attend the conference with their church groups. They will have the chance to help the conference planning team during the week. They will work behind the scenes, learn the ropes, and get a close-up look at what is involved in running a Youth Conference. Look for more work crew information in your Back Home packet. No application is necessary; just make sure that they are registered as a part of your church group.

Younger Children

Children who are not eligible to participate in the youth conference may attend the Clubs & Child Care program. Pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited.

Back Home Leaders

Back Home Leaders are vital contributors to MYC. They provide guidance and leadership for their youth group and help facilitate conversations and questions that may arise. You may be both a Small Group Leader and a Back Home Leader ONLY if there is another adult with your home group attending the conference.

Small Group Leaders

Small Group Leaders provide critical guidance for the heart of the Youth and Middle School Conferences by leading small groups (approx. 25-30 people). If you are 21 or older and can contribute some part of your summer, click the button below!

Extra Adults

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are only allowing fully participating adults to attend Youth Conference. Keynote Only, Recreation Only, and Keynote & Recreation wrist bands are not being offered at this time.

Conference Planning Team

Yes, you too can be a part of planning this wonderful conference for a future group of youth! Click the button below to learn more.

Mission Experience

Considering a Mission Trip? Add a Montreat summer mission experience to your youth conference week instead! Build in a meaningful community helping project for a fraction of what a separate mission trip would cost. Your youth group can make a real difference in the world, while the Youth Conference is making a difference for them!

Each summer, Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) partners with Montreat Conference Center to provide mission programming options for groups attending the Montreat Youth Conferences. These options include a day-long program on Sunday or a Wednesday afternoon mission project. For more information about AYM, contact Cristi Wunsch  at cristi@youthmissionco.org.

Specific registration information about the Mission Experience with Asheville Youth Mission is available upon registering for the conference.

Resources

MYC Theme Resources

If you're looking for the conference theme branding to use on a newsletter, email, or poster, leadership sheets, videos, or a gig posters, check out our MYC Theme Resources. Click the button below, and choose the year's information you want to access (ex. 2021 MYC - Called to Connect).

First Youth Conference?

Is this your first time bringing a group to Montreat? Contact Susie Burns to walk you through the process at 828.419.9814 or email her at susieb@montreat.org.

Back Home Packet

The youth conference back home packet will help you prepare for this summer’s youth conference. Sixty days prior to your conference, you will receive the packet via email with additional information specific to your conference week.

Covenant Form

MyMontreat.org (available at a later date) will allow group leaders to do the following:

  • The group leader will be able to send a link to their youth allowing them to complete and sign their covenant/participant information online.
  • Once completed, the group leader can print out the completed conference covenant signature page.

When you receive your Back Home Packet sixty days before your conference, you will be given further instructions about this process. You can also find instructions at mymontreat.org.

Registration FAQ

We want you to be as informed as possible before you register! We've created a page with a lot of information pertaining to registration, conference participation, and cost. We highly encourage you to read it before filling out the registration form. It should answer a lot of your questions.

Back Home Leader Information

Back Home Leaders are super important to the Montreat Experience! The link at the button below will provide you with resources and the necessary information to help your youth conference experience be a success.

Covid-19

Youth conferees, we are planning to be together in the summer of 2021. The past year has reinforced our belief in the value of being together as the body of Christ! After a year apart, we are eagerly looking forward to welcoming youth to the Montreat valley once again. To say the least, the summer of 2021 will be different! Please read the information at the link carefully and come back later on as details continue to emerge! We will update you as plans develop via email and on the "Covid-19 and MYC" page.


As you make your decisions about your groups and this summer, know that we are planning a Montreat@Home option. If you are interested in that program, visit the link below.

Phone Number

800.572.2257

Physical Address

401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757

Mailing Address

Montreat Conference Center
PO 969
Montreat, NC 28757

Business Office

Montreat Conference Center
318 Georgia Terrace
Montreat, NC 28757

The Montreat Store

828.669.5298
Moore Center, Second Floor
303 Lookout Road
Montreat, NC 28757

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